The long overdue completion of Little Bay Park’s comfort station was announced Friday even if visitors had to use portable toilets because the comfort station still was not finished.
“I’m happy to be here, but how long will it be before we come back for the opening of the comfort station?” state Sen. Tony Avella (D- Bayside) (D-Bayside) asked on a sunny afternoon, standing on the freshly paved parking lot.
The park sits just at the entrance of Fort Totten, where a fireworks show will be held for the first time July 1. The new parking lot is part of a decade-long project that is now partially complete. Over the years, the city has postponed the completion date several times and most recently the city Parks Department had set the date for this fall.
But with the first-ever firework show set to light up the sky around Fort Totten, officials pushed construction through so that there would be parking space for the large crowd that officials are expecting for the show.
The plans had originally called for a 100-space lot, but it will now be able to hold 224 vehicles.
“Every now and then you have to bark and bite, but look at what it’s led to finally,” Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) said.